Biological Systems Engineering


Date of this Version



Published in Proceedings of the NASS 27th Annual Meeting / The Spine Journal 12 (2012) 141S–142S.


Copyright © 2012 Elsevier. Used by permission.


BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Degeneration of the cervical intervertebral disc is the underlying cause for many patients suffering from neck and upper extremity pain. Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion, and cervical disc replacements are common, but next generation implants and less invasive surgical techniques are predicated on a comprehensive characterization of cervical endplate morphology. To date, cervical endplate morphometry has not been described in detail, and age-related and gender- dependent differences have not been characterized.

PURPOSE: The purposes of this research were to measure cervical endplate morphometry in both men and women across three decades of life and characterize age, gender, and spinal level-dependent trends.